Massive 'Red Tide' Threatens Florida Beaches

August 12, 2014 9:32 PM

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Massive 'Red Tide' Threatens Florida Beaches

A toxic red tide, the biggest in nearly a decade, is threatening tourism and endangered manatees as it moves down the Florida coast.

The culprit is Karenia brevis, microscopic algae that explode in numbers when the conditions are right, usually in late summer or early fall.

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